Q. What natural scents can make my home appealing to buyers?

A.   This is a common question asked of real estate agents and it is a little surprising how easily mistakes can be made that turn buyers off.

Generally, fragrant candles and aerosol room fresheners are too strong to be used just before your guests arrive.  Few things can make a buyer suspicious than an overly strong smell.  They may think you have something to hide if a pleasant odor is overwhelming.  If you want to freshen up the smell of your home with these products, use them at least 4 hours ahead of time.

Most people will feel comfortable in a home that smells clean and welcoming with the scent of coffee, tea or cookies.  If you are not preparing these foods, you can simulate the smell with a few drops of cinnamon oil withwater in a pie plate placed in a warm but not hot oven.  Also, herbs like rosemary, lavender and mint offer a really pleasant natural fragrance whether you place them in vases or simmer them in a saucepan. 

If you’re thinking of selling soon, ask about our Free Home Seller Consumer Report, which includes an easy checklist of inexpensive ways to make your home more appealing to buyers: www.choicehomeshawaii.com | [email protected]

About the Author

Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.